Sunday, 31 October 2010

Refusal of the Call

Bristol visual artist Acerone brings work based on circular walk around the city to Colston Hall’s Glass Room

Bristol based visual artist Acerone has developed a body of artwork based on a circular walk around the city and his work is being displayed at Colston Hall’s Glass Room exhibition space this November.

‘Call to Adventure’ is a series of 4 paintings derived from 12 photographs captured whilst on a circular walk around Bristol’s city centre over a 12-hour period.

Acerone devised a circular route around Bristol, taking a central point from a map reference and drawing a 1 kilometre circumference around the city. He then divided his route into 12 equal segments, numbered like a clock face, with the relating hour identifying the time the photo was taken from that position.

Taking insight from the Situationist’s practice of the Dérive, the photographs were used as starting points for the paintings, exploring our emotional and behavioral reactions to the urban landscape. The collection can be viewed as a 12 hour visual journey through the city, using visual references to Bristolian architecture as key metaphors that reflect Acerone’s lifework.

Acerone is a visual artist from Bristol with a background of 15 years of creating street art murals. With photography remaining a keystone in the development of his works, current projects have seen him using the camera as a tool to capture intense images of urban life, which are then remixed and replayed as paintings on canvas.

His installation work from the Royal West of England Academy street art exhibition ‘Crimes of Passion’ is part of the RWA permanent collection and in late 2009 he won the first prize award in the ‘Bristol: A Second Look’ competition at Photographique.

Both the series of photographs and the 4 canvases make up the body of work that is Call to Adventure and will be displayed at The Glass Room gallery at Colston Hall, Bristol from Friday 5 until Sun 28 November 2010.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Call to Adventure

Glass Room presents: Acerone - Call to Adventure

At the Colston Hall's new gallery space in Colston St, Bristol.
I've been working on this series of pieces since the beginning of the year, so really pleased that im finally getting the work out of the dining-room-studio and on display. Its based on the theory of the Derive; the Situationist practice of drifting about a geographical space that began in France in the 1950's. The work mixes photography with painting and uses ideas and narratives taken from mythology, fairy-tails and psychotherapy...

More on this soon!

Opening evening - Thursday 4th November 2010.
Show then runs from 5th - 28th Nov inclusive.

Monday, 11 October 2010

50 Images

50 images documenting our Distance Travelled in 24 hours getting this show up...

Dicy, Acerone, Ziml - Distance Travelled exhibition, Centrespace gallery, 1-6th Oct 2010.

Friday, 8 October 2010

All Things are Changing; Nothing Dies

The piece i made for the 'Distance Travelled' exhibition explained in a little more detail...

Using the cemetery as a background for four paintings depicting the words Work, Beloved, Self and Home, ‘All Things are Changing; Nothing Dies’ is an installation that responds to Joseph Cambell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and the methods of gestalt therapy developed by the late Paul Rebillot in the Hero’s Journey process.

This piece uses the environment of the cemetery as a metaphor for change; steering away from the notion of ‘the end’ and instead focusing on new beginnings. Light trails flash through the scene, spelling out the words Work, Beloved, Self and Home; core aspects of each individual’s lives that will be affected by change.

How do we embrace these changes? Should we spend our lives grieving for what once was, or accept the call to adventure and become the Hero in our own journey…?

The giclee print for the above image measuring 88cm x 30cm, is a high quality print on 310gm fine art acid free archive stock paper, and is an edition of 8.

6 of these prints sold at the show; If you would like one of the final 2 prints available for £95, please click here. Many thanks to all who have supported me by buying a print.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Distance Travelled preview

I'll be uploading a full documentation of the works that Dicy, Ziml and I created for the Distance Travelled exhibition, but in the meantime here is a great slideshow of images from the preview evening by Lillput

The show is on until Weds 5th October.